What Jan Blachowicz told Israel Adesanya in the octagon immediately after taking his unbeaten record at UFC 259
Jan Blachowicz cracked up in hysterics when he thought Israel Adesanya offered him the job of his bodyguard after defeating him at UFC 259.
The Pole retained his UFC light-heavyweight championship with a convincing display at the Apex in Las Vegas, nullifying Adesanya’s speed advantage in the striking exchanges.
As well as absorbing all ‘The Last Stylebender’ could throw at him, Blachowicz then was able to implement his strong grappling game and expert top control.
The size difference between the middleweight champion and his Polish counterpart became more and more obvious as the fight continued, with Adesanya unable to stop the takedown attempts or get up from the bottom.
After 25 minutes in the octagon, there was clear respect between with both men sharing kind words afterwards and Adesanya admitting the Pole had a ‘great guard’.
However, Blachowicz misheard him and thought the New Zealander was offering him a job as his bodyguard – something which produced a hilarious response.
The 38-year-old is likely to turn his attention to a second title defence against veteran Glover Teixeira in the future, although he was content to enjoy the biggest win of his lengthy career.
He said: “For sure it was a tough fight, it was a close fight, but Izzy kicked a little bit more than I did. I think my boxing was a little bit better than his, my wrestling was much better than his.
“I won the fight and that’s it, but it was a tough fight. Thank you, Izzy, for this fight. It was a pleasure for me to fight against someone like you, but ‘and still’. I’m happy.
“I’m happy that I can be the first to beat him, one of the best in the world.
“I’m a true champion, I deserve what I got. It was a hard job for me tonight, but I do my best. We did almost everything, what we prepared for him in the gym we did in the fight. I’m happy.
“I won the fight and what we do works in the fight. I should have wrestled him a little bit more a little bit earlier; I should have put more pressure on him. I should have put more of my boxing skills on him, but he’s a great fighter, he wouldn’t let me go, but anyway I did almost everything that we trained for.”